Family Trees Are a Starting Point, Not an Ending Point
Probably the most important thing to remember about family trees is that they should be a starting point for your research and not an ending point. The reason I say this is that in my own research, I have found plenty of misleading and incorrect family trees. To assess the quality of a family tree, look at the source records used to support the entries in the tree. Unfortunately, there a many family trees online that have no source records at all. You should treat a family tree with no source records as a starting point since it may contain good hints for what you need to look for in source records.
Places to Search for a Family Tree
An Easy Way to Search for a Family Tree at Multiple Websites
It can become cumbersome to keep entering the same family information over and over at the above sites. I have another free site that simplifies searching for family trees. It allows you to enter an ancestor's information just one time to search for family trees at all of the above sites. Better yet, the site also figures out what would be the best type of family tree search for you for each of the above sites (all family tree sites are not created equal). Go to Family Tree Searcher to see if it makes your family tree search simpler.
Additional Resources Related to Family Trees
Not Sure, Try Our Free Online Genealogy Search Advisor
If you are not sure that searching for a family tree is the next best option for your research, consider using the advice feature of this site. This will help you pick your next best steps in your research. Go to the Free Online Genealogy Search Advisor.
Family Trees Search Guide Context
Other Genealogy Search Guides
- Using Birth Records for Researching Your Ancestry
- Using Marriage Records for Researching Your Ancestry
- Using Death Records for Researching Your Ancestry
- Using Ship Manifests for Researching Your Ancestry
- Using Obituaries for Researching Your Ancestry
- Using Census Records for Researching Your Ancestry
- Using Naturalization Records for Researching Your Ancestry
- Using Historical Societies for Researching Your Ancestry
- Using Church Records for Researching Your Ancestry
- Record Keeping for Researching Your Ancestry